ESPN Reveals Daily Wager to Leave Las Vegas Location for Connecticut
ESPN has announced that its specialized sports betting show, Daily Wager, is leaving its location in Las Vegas.
The show premiered in 2019 and there were nightly episodes hosted by Doug Kezirian. Initially part of the ESPNews lineup, it later transitioned to ESPN2. In 2020, the show relocated to Las Vegas, following a collaborative agreement between Caesars Entertainment and ESPN. Operating from a studio located in The LINQ Hotel, the show became a must-watch for betting enthusiasts.
A Strategic Shift to Connecticut
With ESPN's recent partnership with Penn Entertainment to launch ESPN BET, it makes sense for Daily Wager to return to its roots in Connecticut. Starting from September 7, the show will be produced from ESPN’s main studios in Bristol, CT. The new schedule will feature the show on ESPN2 from Thursdays to Mondays, strategically placed in the pregame timeslot preceding significant football matches. Furthermore, the premiere of this new phase aligns with the beginning of the NFL regular season.
Scott Clark, VP of Fantasy & Sports Betting Content, expressed his gratitude for the Las Vegas chapter.
ESPN created some great content and incredible memories during our time at the Las Vegas studio. With our new ESPN BET deal set to launch this autumn, we felt it was best to return to our headquarters. We cannot thank everyone we worked with at Caesars Entertainment over the past few years, and we wish them the best into the future.
Host Changes and Future Integration
Doug Kezirian, the longtime host of the show, left ESPN in July. In his absence, the hosting responsibilities have been shared between Joe Fortenbaugh and Tyler Fulghum.
With the show moving away from a Caesars property, it allows for the possibility of integrating the show with the soon-to-be-launched ESPN BET platform. However, the online betting app is not expected to be officially available until November.